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August 23, 2011

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5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Washington, D.C.

August 23rd, 2011

02:31 AM ET

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck near Washington, D.C., the U.S.Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia. Did you feel it? Send CNN an iReport.

The quake was felt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City and on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing. Cell phone service has been disrupted in New York City part of which has been evacuated.

Traders in the New York Stock Exchange felt the shaking and shouted to each other, “Keep trading!” CNN’s business correspondent Alison Kosik reported from the floor at 2:20 p.m. E.T.

“Everybody was told to take the stairs,” Wolf Blitzer said, speaking live at 2 p.m. E.T. from CNN’s D.C. bureau.

The Pentagon has been evacuated, CNN’s Barbara Starr reports. “When the building began shaking rather violently, hundreds of people began streaming out,” she said, because many people thought that the building was under attack. Starr was standing in the Pentagon’s press office when the roof started to shake.

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